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Anima | Cao Jinling

Having first reached the festival circuit in December 2020 at the Cairo International Film Festival, the Mainland Chinese entry for competition at this year’s NYAFF is Anima: the prestige, internationally-oriented “issues” film of the year and directorial debut of newcomer Cao Jinling. The film…

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by Matt McCracken Film Streaming Scene

Matthias & Maxime | Xavier Dolan

Dolan’s latest intrigues in deviating from the director’s familiar mode, but its busyness never fully distills into any cogent statement.  Matthias & Maxime, the 2019 Cannes competition nominee and most recent film of Canadian actor-director-producer-writer-editor Xavier Dolan, will be familiar fare to those who…

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by Matt McCracken Film Horizon Line

Tesla | Michael Almereyda

Almereyda’s Experimenter-style mode is not as organic of a fit for the often compelling but ultimately overburdened Tesla. Having risen to renewed prominence on the indie circuit with 2015’s fourth wall-defying biopic Experimenter and 2017’s sci-fi drama of memory and quasi-dystopia Marjorie Prime, Michael Almereyda…

by Matt McCracken Film Retrospective

The River | Tsai Ming-liang

Released in 1997, Tsai Ming-liang’s The River extended what would become a de facto family trilogy in which the same actors reprise identical roles within a particular domestic structure, with Rebels of the Neon God as the first entry and What Time Is It…

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